E-verify Bill Passes Out of House Judiciary Committee

Thursday, September 22, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

A bill, the Legal Workforce Act, that would require employers across the country to use the electronic employment-verification program known as E-verify, passed yesterday out of the House Judiciary Committee. 
 
AMI has been a strong proponent of the E-verify program and supports its mandatory application to ensure the legal work status of job applicants and employees in the United States.
 
The bill as passed out of the committee also contains a number of provisions advocated by AMI, including: 
 
• A reduction of the number of documents that can be used to establish legal status, which will help employers achieve compliance with verification rules without exposure to document fraud problems;

• The coordination of the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure Social Security numbers are not being used fraudulently;

• Safeguards for employers attempting, in good faith, to verify the legal status of their workforce;

• Preemption of state and local laws that would address the costs and difficulty of complying with multiple and differing state and local laws for businesses operating in multiple states; and

• The creation of a voluntary biometric pilot program to ensure the accuracy of verification results and lessen the burden on employers and employees.   
 
The next step for the bill, introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), would be consideration by the full House. 

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